I am at a stage in life when most of the movies I get a chance to watch are animated. Moviemakers clearly know that it is not just children they need to keep the interest of when they create their movie. So frequently there are lines in children’s movies that really make adults think. The Lorax is a movie that I have had the pleasure of watching with my children many times over the last few years.
It is an animated story and two of the main characters are Ted and the Once-ler. The Once-ler is responsible for the destruction of all the trees in the land and he holds the one remaining seed. He sees a chance to give it to Ted who he believes will make the right choice with it. In a lot of ways the Once-ler sees it has his chance of redemption for the mistakes that he has made. As Ted receives the last remaining seed and looks at it in his hand the Once-ler tells him “it’s not about what it is. It’s about what it can become. Just like… you’re not just a boy”. That one seed changes the situation and results in the return of trees. The single seed and Ted are not inadequate for the task.
We, like Ted, might look at the limitations of what is in our hands and ask, “What difference will this really make?” Jesus says exactly what can happen with something small in Matthew 17:20 when he teaches that even faith as small as a mustard seed can move a mountain. We might feel inadequate when we look at our own limitations, but when we look to God we know that nothing is impossible. Even small steps of faith can have a huge impact.